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Ultrasound-guided breast biopsy is able to evaluate lumps under the arm or near the chest wall, which are hard to reach with stereotactic biopsy. Ultrasound-guided biopsy is less expensive than other biopsy methods, such as open surgical biopsy or stereotactic biopsy. Recovery time is brief and patients can soon resume their usual activities. Ultrasound-guided breast biopsy is done while you are lying on your back with your arm raised above your head. Before the biopsy, a special, warmed gel is placed on your breast. Then an instrument called a transducer is placed on your breast and slowly moved back and forth to locate the area to be biopsied. An ultrasound-guided breast biopsy, uses sound waves to locate abnormalities such as lump and remove a tissue sample from a suspicious area in the breast to be examined under a microscope. Ultrasound-guided breast biopsy does not involve exposure to ionizing radiation like x-ray does. first breast biopsy with guided ultrasound 0051 in response to ssscorbins hi there - so sorry to hear about your mum - they are so special x ive been through the ultrasound biopsy within the last week - ive just turned 47 and was chosen at random for a trial mammogram like yourself no history of breast cancer in the family. Biopsy is defined as small amount of tissue removed from the breast to be studied under the microscope. An ultrasound biopsy will require you to lie on your back with your arm on the biopsy side above your head. Ultrasound-guided breast biopsies are often performed when a breast ultrasound shows an abnormality. As the university of tennessee medical center reports , breast biopsy procedures rarely miss a lesion, or underestimate the extent of disease present.